With the very cold temperatures in January this soup from Mable Hoffman's "Crockery Cookery" will warm your family all the way through, and you will love the ease of preparation. I love to serve Irish Soda Bread with pea soup.
- Combine peas, ham bone or hocks, carrot, onion, potato, sausage, celery, water, salt (if using)and pepper in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low 8 to 10 hours.
- Remove ham bone; cut meat off bones, dice meat, and discard bones.Return meat to soup.
- Taste and add salt, if needed. Serve soup hot.
Scaled this back to use 1 ham hock as that is all my crock pot will fit and just so enjoyed the extra vegies in the soup along with meat from the smoked hock. I cooked for 9 hours and when I went to remove the hock the meat just totally fell of the the bone and I scooped out as much of the meat as I could and well I could cut it into small sizes with a spoon it was just so tender, I gave the vegies a light blitz with the stick blender before returning the meat to the pot and enjoyed a wonderful soup for tea/dinner with some crusty garlic bread, thank you S. Merrill, made for Bargain Basement tag game..